Some interesting fines in Minnesota
The NFL's endless assessment of player fines doesn't usually interest me. But Friday, the league issued a few intriguing ones after Monday night's game between New Orleans and Minnesota.
Most notably, Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway was fined $7,500 for grabbing the facemask of Saints tailback Reggie Bush. The play sparked huge controversy during the game because referee Ed Hochuli's crew failed to penalize Greenway. Bush fumbled on the play, and Vikings safety Tyrell Johnson recovered.
It's always embarrassing when the league fines a player for something the officials missed during the game. Greenway's play was blatantly evident even at full speed.
Meanwhile, Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield was fined $10,000 for celebrating his 59-yard return of a blocked field goal in the first quarter. He was also penalized 15 yards after he straddled and slid down the goal post, but that's a lot of money for a harmless celebration.
Finally, Vikings receiver Robert Ferguson was fined $5,000 for a late hit that also generated a 15-yard penalty.